How to Prevent Dry Skin in Infants

You might think that because your baby’s skin is so soft and smooth that she won’t get dry skin; however, that is totally not true, and infants can easily develop dry skin just as quickly as adults, and sometimes they are even more prone to this condition since their skin is so thin. Even lotions and soaps made just for infants can still irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. Here are some ideas to try to prevent your child’s dry skin before it starts.

1. Read labels. Choose lotions, soaps and shampoos made with all-natural ingredients, with no artificial or chemical ingredients or preservatives. Do the same with the laundry detergent you use for washing your baby’s clothes and bedding.

2. Give lukewarm baths. A hot bath will not only hurt your baby’s sensitive skin, it will most definitely dry it out! Make sure the water is lukewarm or tepid, to avoid a bad burn and skin irritation later on.

3. Change diapers often. Doing this will ensure that your baby’s sensitive diaper-area and genitals are getting enough air to prevent diaper rash, irritation and drying-out.

4. Just like with your baby’s soaps and lotions, make sure their diaper wipes are un-scented and don’t contain alcohol, which is very drying. Purchase natural ingredient wipes for best results.

5. Regular bathing can also help prevent dry skin in your baby. Skipping baths can cause an infant’s sensitive skin to become dry and itchy from lack of moisture, especially if you don’t use an all-natural lotion in between bath-times.

6. Vaseline does work, if used correctly. If your baby suffers from dry skin, irritation or rash on their bottom, apply a very thin layer of Vaseline to the affected area. This will keep moisture in and protect against irritants, such as urine or feces in the diaper.

7. Keep your child’s skin covered when outside, especially in harsh wind and strong sunlight. Even as children get older, this advice is sound, since skin protection against UV/UA light is so important to prevent skin cancer in the future.

8. Use a humidifier in your baby’s room. This will increase the moisture in the room, allowing your baby’s skin to keep well hydrated.

9. Just as with adults, make sure your baby is getting enough fluids. Your infant’s skin draws moisture from the outside and inside, just like we do.

10. If your baby’s skin is very dry, or has flaky dry patches, consult your pediatrician to see if a special hydrocortisone cream is needed. You can sometimes purchase this over the counter, however it’s always best to consult your child’s doctor for advice first.